The wedding world always goes a bonkers when Pantone release their colours for the year. For 2017, Greenery is the colour to watch. We couldn’t love this shade more given how green and gorgeous our woodlands are. So today, we’re sharing our favourite ideas for a Greenery inspired wedding…

Fall In Love With Foliage

Oh yes, taking inspiration from Greenery allows you to also indulge in one of our favourite wedding trends – foliage. We know that we’re surrounded by beautiful botanicals all day long but leaves; fronds and plants are so gorgeous. As well as looking fab, foliage can be a lot kinder to your wedding budget than flowers so what’s not to love?

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We just love big bridal bouquets made from foliage and if you add some scented herbs, these are simply stunning. Pots of herbs also make great tablecentres or favours for guests.

If you’d like a little bit of colour, add in one or two statement blooms for contrast. You can also use greenery to create a foliage crown rather than a floral version and for eco-chic or boho brides, these are perfect.

Wedding Decorations With Greenery

Fresh foliage also makes the best wedding decorations. You can use long lengths of greenery to create garlands that can line tables or highlight different parts of your venue. Alternatively, you can create hoops and circlets made from foliage and use these to form backdrops or as hanging decorations. We also love seeing greenery decorating cakes, napkins, wedding signage and even our four legged friends!

wedding decorations with foliage

Tips For Using Greenery At Your Wedding

As you’ll see from the images in this feature, using natural foliage for your Greenery inspired wedding gives a really clean and uncomplicated look to your wedding. Here are our five tops tips for making your Greenery wedding absolutely unforgettable:

  1. Team your greens with fresh white or ivory. You can add in a soft peach or a pale pink if you’d like but this colour palette is best when it’s kept simple.
  2. Add in various textures and shapes. Mix round leaves with spiky ferns and wispy fronds. This creates a natural, varied and interesting look.
  3. Keep everything as unstructured as possible. Loose bouquets and trailing tablecentres look brilliant.
  4. Play around with fabrics and other materials. Wood slices look fab with foliage as does heavy cotton, raw silk and even linen. Combine different elements for the best look.
  5. Use foliage with slightly different colours for maximum impact. You could even carry this slightly mismatched look through to the greens of your bridesmaids’ dresses!

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If you like the idea of a wedding among the greenery of GreenAcres woodlands, just get in touch! We’d love to show you around if you’d like to find out more about weddings among the trees.



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There’s a corner of Merseyside that’s home to one of the newest wedding venues in the North West. Everyone at GreenAcres Rainford is so excited to be hosting weddings AND the team is already super busy. Couples have been visiting the woodland and booking their weddings from the moment the park received its wedding licence. Today, we’re going to meet the team at Rainford and find out a little bit more about this woodland wedding venue

GreenAcres Rainford wedding venue

GreenAcres Rainford really is a fantastic location for a wedding. Set in 65 acres of gorgeous mature woodland, there’s also a wonderful wildflower meadow. Just think of the photo opportunities!

The Woodland Hall at Rainford is just stunning. Floor to ceiling windows and amazing views make it a truly special place to take your vows. Looking out across the woodland valley, you and your guests can really escape from the world and simply enjoy a unique and memorable occasion.

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So, when you visit GreenAcres Rainford to view the woodland and talk about your wedding, whom might you meet? Well, when you first arrive, you might well see Tom and Tony. This fantastic duo look after the woodland for us so it’s always looking its best for you.

Angie, Barbara or Anna are available on site at weekends and they LOVE weddings! Your tour will take in the Woodland Hall, all the facilities and of course, you can wander amongst the trees too. If you’ve got any questions at all or need any advice, do ask and we’ll do our best to help you.

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Our Woodland Hall with Diane (top) and Angie

If you visit in the week, Karen, the Park Manager and Diane who looks after everything ‘front of house’ will also be only too happy to indulge in a little wedding chat. We also have to mention Keely, GreenAcres’ very own wedding guru who, as well as helping all our couples plan their weddings is also planning her own big day!

The wildflower meadow and Keely

We have to say that everyone at Rainford is simply brilliant. Yes, we might be just a little bit biased but they really are. And, if you still don’t quite believe us, why not book your showround and see for yourself?

You’ll find GreenAcres Rainford on Blindfoot Road, Rainford, St Helens, WA11 7HX. To contact the team directly, just call 01744 649189 or email them –


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Today, we’re tackling the subject of unplugged weddings. More and more couples are choosing to ditch their devices on their wedding days and they’re asking their friends and family to do the same. So, what is an unplugged wedding? Why are they so popular and should you be considering switching off for your own big day?

What Is An Unplugged Wedding?

Quite simply, it’s a request for guests to leave their phones, cameras and other devices away for the duration of the wedding. Lots of couples ask guests to be ‘fully present’ and, without the distraction of phones, selfies and social media, everyone can interact more. Unplugged weddings also help everyone get back to the most important things in life – sharing never-to-be-repeated moments and really living them, not just watching them through a screen. unplugged wedding in the woods

Unplugged weddings have also grown in popularity thanks to the online sharing of photos ruined by guests determined to grab the perfect shot. Google ‘wedding photos ruined by phones’ and you’ll see so many sad images. Guests stepping out into the aisle blocking the groom’s view of his bride and shots where literally every guest is snapping a pic rather than just enjoying the moment are not the thing of wedding dreams.

Should You Consider Having An Unplugged Wedding?

Well, yes if you want your guests to really share in your day! It’s also highly likely that you’ve booked a great photographer so there’s really no need for that guest four rows back to be leaping around during your ceremony to try and get a photo is there? You’ve paid your photographer a lot of money to capture your day so ask everyone else to put their phones away and let your photographer do their job. Those wonderful photos you see in magazines and in wedding blogs definitely weren’t taken by a guest with a phone camera.

Of course, it’s fab for people to be able to snap some candid shots during the reception and that’s definitely less intrusive so why not consider unplugging for the ceremony only if you think the thought of an all-day digital detox might be too much! what is an unplugged wedding

Telling Your Guests That You’re Going Unplugged

It’s easy to include a line in your wedding information pack or on your wedding website if you’re going unplugged. Some guests might need to make arrangements for emergency work calls or with babysitters and that’s easy to do if people are given notice.

Then, when it comes to the wedding day itself, a simple sign reminding people to switch off is all that’s needed. Of course, this might not stop the most determined social media addict from snapping that #weddingselfie but the majority do tend to respect the wishes of the couple.

Our woodlands really are so serene and peaceful that unplugged weddings work so well. It’s wonderful to be able to leave everything behind and just share in the moment without feeling the need to capture it on a phone camera. You’ll be surprised how good your own memory is if you just put the phone to one side and really let yourself take in everything that’s going on around you!


Why not book your showround and visit one of our woodland wedding venues? You can even unplug for this if you’d like!



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